The Regional Innovation Scoreboard is a regional extension of the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS), assessing the innovation performance of European regions on a limited number of indicators. The RIS 2016 covers 214 regions across 22 EU countries and Norway. In addition, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Malta are included at country level, as the regional administrative level as such does not exist in these countries.
Where the EIS provides an annual benchmark of the innovation performance of Member States and other European countries, regional innovation benchmarks are less frequent and less detailed due to a general lack of innovation data at the regional level. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard addresses this gap by providing statistical facts on regions’ innovation performance. Compared to the EIS, the RIS has a stronger focus on the performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The most innovative regions are located in the most innovative countries, although regional innovative hubs exist in moderate innovator countries: Piemonte and Friuli-Venezia Giulia in Italy, País Vasco in Spain and Bratislavský kraj in Slovakia.
Specialisation in Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) increases regional innovation performance.
This report was prepared by: Hugo Hollanders, Nordine Es-Sadki and Minna Kanerva Maastricht University (Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology – MERIT) as part of the European Innovation Scoreboards (EIS) project for the European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Coordinated and guided by: Mark Nicklas, Acting Head of Unit, Daniel Bloemers, Alberto Licciardello, and Marshall Hsia Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Directorate F – Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing Unit F1 – Innovation Policy and Investment for Growth in close co-operation with Directorate-General for Research and Innovation Unit A4 – Analysis and monitoring of national research policies and Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy Unit B1 – Economic Analysis
Unit G1 – Competence Centre Smart and Sustainable Growth
The Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2016 can be found in the following link: